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Leo Herzel 1923-2011

Posted on August 11, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

Former Mayer Brown co-chair Leo Herzel passed away on July 21 at his suburban Chicago home. Mr. Herzel was an expert in securities law and is known for his theories on economics and communications that influenced three Nobel Prize-winning economists.

He attended the University of Iowa and the London School of Economics before moving to Chicago in 1949 to study at the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago. He led Mayer Brown from 1984-1991.

Read the full obituary in the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune.

James Sherrick 1918-2011

Posted on August 4, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

Judge James N. Sherrick of Villa Grove passed away on June 20, 2011, at Meadowbrook Health Center in Urbana.

He was born on April 13, 1918, the sixth child of Noah and Josephine (Gabel) Sherrick, in South Greenup Township, Ill.

He married Phyllis Vines on Dec. 21, 1947. She died in August 1966. He then married Frances Linafelter on Nov. 28, 1981.

He is survived by his loving wife, Frances; his three children, Elizabeth (Robert) Roman of Pinehurst, N.C., John (Mindy) Sherrick of Mansfield and Richard (Susan) Sherrick of Albion; one stepson, Steve (Shirley) Bradbury of Tuscola; six grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Edna Bradley of Carbondale.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Connie, Ralph and William, and three sisters, Lena, Mary and Betty.

Mr. Sherrick was a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a POW and received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Purple Heart and the Silver Star.

He was a teacher and a lawyer before serving as Douglas County judge from 1954 to 1958. He served as circuit judge in the Sixth Judicial District from 1968 to 1984.

He was a member of the Villa Grove United Methodist Church, where he served in many capacities, as well as the Tuscola and Villa Grove Rotary Clubs, the Villa Grove Lions Club, Walter Jones VFW Post 2876, the Moose Lodge, Tuscola American Legion, the Tri-City Country Club, the Douglas County Bar Association and other service clubs and organizations.

Memorials may be made to the Villa Grove United Methodist Church, the ALS Association or to the American Diabetes Association.

Oral C. Kost 1929-2011

Posted on August 2, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

Oral C. KostOral C. Kost, 82, of Lewistown and Sheldons Grove, Ill., died June 30, 2011, at the Mason District Hospital emergency room in Havana, Ill.

He was born May 24, 1929, in Rushville, Ill., the son of Troy and Eva (Curless) Kost. After graduating from Monmouth College in 1950, he received his doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Illinois in 1953.

He had the privilege of practicing law for over 58 years. He held the offices of Fulton County Public Defender, Fulton County State's Attorney and State of Illinois assistant attorney general.

He was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association and National District Attorney's Association. He was the Fulton County Republican Party chairman for many years and was a 32nd-degree Mason.

He served as a reservist in the U.S. Army from 1953 through 1956.

He was very proud of his family and loved the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Shirley (Briney) Kost; five children, Karl (Pam) Kost, Keith (Beth) Kost, Karen (Chris) Baker, Kelly (Holly) Kost and Kim Kost; six stepsons, Mike (Rochelle) Briney, Marty (Joanie) Briney, Mark (Jenny) Briney, Matt (Rhonda) Briney, Milt (Ginger) Briney and Melvin (Jennifer) Briney; 28 grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 24 years, Edna Mae (Wilner) Kost, and his parents.

He will be fondly remembered as a gentleman, a man of great integrity and loyalty.

Lawrence "Bud" Hatch 1912-2011

Posted on July 28, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

Lawrence "Bud" HatchLawrence "Bud" Raymond Hatch passed away at 7 a.m. Monday (July 25, 2011) at Meadowbrook Health Center in Urbana.

A memorial service will be held in his honor at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at Clark Lindsey Village, 101 W. Windsor Road, Urbana. The Rev. Katherine Kussmaul and the Rev. Steven Shoemaker will officiate. There will be a Celebration of Life gathering at 5 p.m. at the Champaign Country Club.

Mr. Hatch was born Feb. 4, 1912, to parents Walter and May (Lawrence) Hatch.

After graduating from Urbana High School in 1930, Bud graduated from the University of Illinois College of Commerce in 1934 and received his degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1937.

Bud married Ellen Ainsworth on June 4, 1938, in Mason City, Ill. She preceded him in death on April 29, 1995.

Survivors include one son, William Hatch (Nancy) of Champaign; one daughter, Anne Collins (Norman) of Venice, Fla.; six grandchildren, Susan DiLeonardo (Frank) of Chicago, Lori Wildasin (Craig) of Venice, Fla., Cynthia Parker (Jason) of Michigan, Amy Lou Akin (Travis) of Champaign, Russell Hatch (Nicole) of Toronto, Canada, and Andrew Hatch (Laura) of Champaign; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Bud was preceded in death by his five siblings.

Mr. Hatch served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was stationed in the Pacific Theater and Pearl Harbor.

He practiced law for 74 years, first with H. I. Green Law Office and then with his own firm. He enjoyed his law practice with many partners and clients over the years.

Cornelius "Neal" Ducey Sr. 1919-2011

Posted on July 14, 2011 by Chris Bonjean
Cornelius "Neal" Thomas Ducey, Sr., 91, of Belleville, died June 28, 2011. Mr. Ducey practiced as an attorney for over 40 years in East St. Louis and Belleville. He graduated with an undergraduate degree and Summa Cum Laude Law Degree from the University of Notre Dame. World War II Army Air Corp veteran earning five Bronze Stars in the Pacific Arena, member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Our Lady's Prayer Group, American Bar Association, Knights of Columbus, VFW, and past president of St. Clair Country Club. He was preceded in death by wife, Marie Corinne Patout, nee Burguieres, Ducey; and parents, Cornelius Leo and Rose, nee Adelsberger, Ducey. Memorials may be made to the Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Endowment Fund. Condolences may be expressed online at  

David O. Rudd 1955-2011

Posted on July 14, 2011 by Chris Bonjean
David O. Rudd
David O. Rudd, 56, of Springfield on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born March 4, 1955 in Elmhurst, IL to John Owen and Pauline Lumina Pelletier Rudd and they preceded him in death. David lived in Springfield for the past 27 years. He received a BA in Political Science in May of 1977 from SIU Carbondale and a JD from SIUC School of Law in May of 1980. He was employed by Gallatin-River Communications as a Lobbyist and Attorney and formerly worked at the Illinois Commerce Commission. He was a member of the Island Bay Yacht Club, Illinois Telecommunications Association, Illinois Bar Association and was a Registered Lobbyist. He enjoyed sailing and boating, traveling and was a great cook. He married Gayla S. Smith on July 14, 1984 and she survives. Also surviving are two sisters-in-law, Kendra (Allen) Millard of Shelton, WA and Nancy (Mark) Heard of Sesser, IL; a brother-in-law, Ron Smith of West Frankfort, IL; mother-in-law, Eileen Smith of West Frankfort, IL; several nieces and nephews and his Bouvier, Kozmo. A Private Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Protective League.

Hon. Lois Arlene Bell 1961 - 2011

Posted on July 5, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

Judge Lois Bell
Lois Arlene Bell, 49, of Winchester, passed away Saturday afternoon, July 2, 2011, at her home. She was born July 4, 1961, in Savanna, the daughter of the late Roger W. and Grace Schaible Bell. Lois graduated from United Township High School in East Moline in 1979 and obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1982. She then attended the University of Illinois College of Law obtaining her Juris Doctorate in May 1985. She was admitted to practice law and engaged in private practice of law from 1985 until 2002 in Winchester, primarily as Bell & Mann Law Offices with Richard E. Mann. While in practice she represented many individuals, banks, municipalities and other districts. In November 2002, Lois was elected Resident Circuit Court Judge for Scott County, a position she continued to hold. As Judge she presided over cases in Scott, Greene, Morgan, Jersey, Macoupin and Sangamon Counties. She was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, ABA and PAD, and was a supported of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation. She attended Lake Presbyterian Church in Osage Beach, Mo. Lois enjoyed traveling, boating on the Illinois river and Lake of the Ozarks, golfing, swimming, cooking, photography, gardening, reading and computers.

Willam A. Barnett 1916-2011

Posted on June 29, 2011 by Chris Bonjean
Longtime Chicago defense attorney William A. Barnett has passed away after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 94. Barnett was a lifelong resident of Chicago's Edgewater neighborhood. He received his undergraduate and J.D. degrees from Loyola University Chicago. He enlisted in the in the military shortly after passing the bar in 1941. He served in the counterintelligence corps. Barnett first came to prominence in 1958 as the lead assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted Chicago mobster Paul "The Waiter" Ricca for tax evasion. He moved on to defense work and won an acquittal for former Gov. William G. Stratton on tax evasion charges. He also played a lead role in the defense of former Illinois Attorney General William Scott in 1980.
"You couldn't ask for anything better in a lawyer than Bill Barnett," said Thomas P. Sullivan, the former U.S. attorney and current partner at Jenner & Block LLP. "He was a splendid lawyer and more importantly he was a splendid human being -- honorable, reliable, direct, forthright."

James Wham 1918-2011

Posted on June 14, 2011 by Chris Bonjean
James B. Wham
ISBA Laureate James B. "Jim" Wham, 92, died May 20, 2011, in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He was a trial lawyer, practicing his entire career at Wham and Wham Attorneys in Centralia. A Laureate of the ISBA Academy of Lawyers, Wham actually was the inspiration for establishment of the Academy. His rousing speech at the 1998 Annual Meeting in St. Louis, where he received the General Practice Section Tradition of Excellence Award, led Cheryl I. Niro to implement the Laureate program during her presidency the following year. He was a veteran in World War II. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, and his daughters, Sarah Cary and Jennifer Price, and his brother, William B. Wham. Services have been held. Sign the online guestbook at

Michael J. Martin 1960-2011

Posted on June 14, 2011 by Chris Bonjean
Michael J. Martin
Michael J. Martin, age 51; beloved husband of Karen Martin, nee Cecka; loving father of Kevin Michael Martin, James K. Martin and John R. Martin; dear son of Kenneth J. and H. Jane Martin; cherished brother of Therese A. (Mark) Hansen and James E. (Peggy) Martin; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Visitation Thursday 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Funeral Friday 9:15 AM from Adams-Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home, 4343 Main St. (1 blk. S. of Ogden) Downers Grove to St. Mary of Gostyn Church. Mass 10:00 AM. Interment Private. Memorials to Chicago Youth Programs, 5350 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago, IL 60615 or are appreciated. More information at 630-968-1000 or